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Guards bolster Holt school band ranks

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 October 2010

Grenadier Guards bandsman  David Venter and student Alys Rowley rehearse at a workshop at Gresham's School, Holt.

Grenadier Guards bandsman David Venter and student Alys Rowley rehearse at a workshop at Gresham's School, Holt.

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Grenadier Guardsmen joined the ranks of student musicians at a workshop and performance at Gresham’s School in Holt.

Bandsmen from the guards worked with pupils during an afternoon workshop, as the military musicians visited the school for the second year running.

The army and school bands then combined for a concert which saw them perform a broad spectrum of music, climaxing in the rousing 1812 Overture.

Maj Simon Gates, the Combined Cadet Force contingent commander at Gresham’s, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for our young musicians, including for the first time this year, some from our prep school, to play alongside and learn from the members of a professional band.

“It also gives our cadets an insight into the variety of careers available in the military while at the same time providing a spectacular musical event for the local community.’”

A collection at the concert raised £900 for the Combat Stress charity.


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